Taking Aspirin “just to be safe” might not be a good idea

Taking Aspirin “just to be safe” might not be a good idea
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Precaution or bad habit?

Lots of people take aspirin to supposedly prevent heart attacks, but a recent Harvard study tends to disagree with their conceptions.

Daily low doses of aspirin are safe and recommended for those who already suffered heart attacks, strokes or those with known heart diseases.

However, if you are an average, healthy human, you should take aspirin on a daily basis only if a doctor recommended you to do so.

It’s believed that in 2017 over 29 million people over 40 years old were taking aspirin daily in spite of the fact that they don’t suffer from any sort of heart disease, and about 6.6 million of those haven’t done so because of advice from a medic.

Researchers say that almost 50% of people over 70 (about 10 million) who don’t have heart disease were taking aspirin daily for prevention.

Confusion

Doctor Colin O’Brien, senior internal medicine resident says that this subject generates a lot of confusion, and that is no surprise. After so many years of hearing that an aspirin a day lowers your risk of having heart problems, being told that it’s actually not a good idea could get anybody confused.

It seems that the actual benefit of taking aspirin daily does little to no good for people with low and moderate risk of a heart attack.

Conclusions

The outcome of this study was the following:

Healthy people over 70 should avoid taking aspirin for prevention.

People between 40 and 70 should ask a doctor if using aspirin as a means of preventing heart problems is recommended for them.

Heart attack survivors should continue taking aspirin, just like before.


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